Looking back at Jadeja’s glorious cricket career.
It should not come across as a surprise when a cricketer as handsome as Ajay Jadeja still claims popularity. The former Indian cricketer, playing for the team between 1992 and 2000 had played 15 test matches and 196 ODIs for the team. Although the right-armed batting hero later went on to explore mainstream entertainment, nevertheless, he well qualified as a hero within the green boundaries itself.
Here are a few reasons why cricket lovers still swear by Ajay Jadeja:
- Jadeja’s cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-finals in Bengaluru, against arch-rivals Pakistan when he scored 45 off 25 balls is veritable of his genius batting. Ajay Jadeja, along with Mohammad Azharuddin , holds the record for the highest one day partnership record for the 4th and 5th wicket set against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively
- Ajay Jadeja was regarded as one of the best fielders in the Indian team of his time.Infact, his’s was considered one of the most bankable pair of hands during his tenure.
- Jadeja then, on grounds of his ever dynamic personality, also served as the vice-captain of the team and even captained his clan for 13 ODIs and managed to win 8.
- This Royal born player was quite a bowler as well. A memorable occasion of his career was taking 3 wickets for 3 runs in a single over against England to win the match for India.
However, what could have been a more than perfect path to a glorious cricket got disrupted by a scandalous link-up with match fixing. The match fixing allegation against South Africa proved to be a major blot on his image as a cricketer and marked an end of the same. What should have been a brilliant trajectory only found synonyms with defame and dishonor. Jadeja thereby was slammed with a 5-year ban. However, the ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court making Jadeja eligible to play both International and Domestic cricket.
Ajay Jadeja’s tryst with cricket unfolded new dimensions post the infamous match-fixing fiasco when he returned as a coach and consequently a permanent commentator. His was surely an undulating path with derring-dos and splendor along side black marks and charge sheets. Nevertheless his genius as a cricketer and an all-rounder has forever been his saving grace. His undeniable aptitude for the game ensures his living popularity which is why cricket aficionados still use his name as a recurrent example!
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